Dr Laura Ward

  • Research Assistant (Mental Health & Wellbeing)

Biography

I am a part-time researcher working at the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory (SLDO). My work focuses on identifying and reducing the health inequalities faced by people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. Areas of interest include oral health, anticholinergic burden, polypharmacy, psychotropics, and multimorbidity.

I previously completed my PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University (2013 - 2016) researching the impact healthy ageing has on the visual brain (functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy [fNIRS] and psychophysics). I obtained a distinction in the MSc Research Methods in Psychological Science at the University of Glasgow working with stroke patients (2010 - 2011). I did my undergraduate degree (2.1) at the University of Edinburgh in Biological Sciences - Psychology (2005 - 2009). My experiences in academia are broad but focus on health and utilising many fields of expertise and different disciplinary methodologies, combining expertise to advance our understanding. 

Research interests

My work involves mutliple fields of expertise including clinical psychology, dentistry, epidemiology, public health, and data linkage. By providing evidence of the health and health inequalities faced by those with intellectual disabilities, my work can inform government and NHS policy to effect improvements and reduce the gap experienced by this vulnerable population. 

Publications

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Number of items: 17.

2020

Ward, L.M. , Cooper, S.-A. , McSkimming, P., Greenlaw, N., Pacitti, C., Gibson, J., Henderson, A. , Pell, J. and Kinnear, D. (2020) Dental attendance, restoration and extractions in adults with intellectual disabilities compared with the general population: a record linkage study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 64(12), pp. 980-986. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12786) (PMID:32996662)

2019

Kinnear, D. , Allan, L., Morrison, J. , Finlayson, J., Sherriff, A. , Macpherson, L. , Henderson, A. , Ward, L. , Muir, M. and Cooper, S.A. (2019) Prevalence of and factors associated with edentulousness (no natural teeth) in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63(12), pp. 1475-1481. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12628) (PMID:31062460)

Ward, L. M. , Cooper, S.-A. , Hughes-Mccormack, L., Macpherson, L. and Kinnear, D. (2019) Oral health of adults with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63(11), pp. 1359-1378. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12632) (PMID:31119825)

Rossit, S. et al. (2019) Efficacy of home-based visuomotor feedback training in stroke patients with chronic hemispatial neglect. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 29(2), pp. 251-272. (doi: 10.1080/09602011.2016.1273119) (PMID:28116988)

2018

Aitchison, R., Ward, L. , Kennedy, G., Shu, X., Mansfield, D. C. and Shahani, U. (2018) Measuring visual cortical oxygenation in diabetes using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Acta Diabetologica, 55(11), pp. 1181-1189. (doi: 10.1007/s00592-018-1200-5) (PMID:30083981) (PMCID:PMC6182359)

Ward, L. M. , Aitchison, R. T., Hill, G., Imrie, J., Simmers, A., Morison, G., Mansfield, D., Kennedy, G. J. and Shahani, U. (2018) Effects of glaucoma and snoring on cerebral oxygenation in the visual cortex: a study using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). International Journal of Ophthalmology and Vision Research, 2(2), 017-025.

Ward, L. M. , Morison, G., Simmers, A. J. and Shahani, U. (2018) Age-related changes in global motion coherence: conflicting haemodynamic and perceptual responses. Scientific Reports, 8, 10013. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-27803-5) (PMID:29968729) (PMCID:PMC6030110)

2016

Ward, L. M., Morison, G., Simpson, W. A., Simmers, A. J. and Shahani, U. (2016) Using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study dynamic stereoscopic depth perception. Brain Topography, 29(4), pp. 515-523. (doi: 10.1007/s10548-016-0476-4) (PMID:26900069) (PMCID:PMC4899499)

Ward, L. M. , Mansfield, D., Simmers, A., Kennedy, G. and Shahani, U. (2016) Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) of Visual Cortex: Relationship of the Haemodynamic Response to Glaucomatous Field Defects. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Birmingham, UK, 23-26 May 2016.

Aitchison, R., Shahani, U., Ward, L. M. , Kennedy, G., Xinhua, S. and Mansfield, D. (2016) Haemodynamic Response in Diabetes: An fNIRS Study of the Visual Cortex. fNIRS 2016, Paris, France, 13-16 Oct 2016.

2015

Ward, L. M., Aitchison, R. T., Tawse, M., Simmers, A. J. and Shahani, U. (2015) Reduced haemodynamic response in the ageing visual cortex measured by absolute fNIRS. PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0125012. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125012) (PMID:25909849) (PMCID:PMC4409147)

Ward, L. M. , De Guimaraes, J., Aitchison, R., Simmers, A. and Shahani, U. (2015) Compromised Haemodynamic Response of the Visual Cortex of Smokers. Glasgow Neuroscience Day, Glasgow, Scotland, 16 Jan 2015.

Ward, L. M. , Hill, G., Imrie, J., Okiei, O., Cox, J. and Shahani, U. (2015) Using the Haemodynamic Response to Investigate Glaucoma and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Glasgow Neuroscience Day, Glasgow, Scotland, 16 Jan 2015.

Ward, L. M. , Morison, G., Simmers, A. and Shahni, U. (2015) Neuroimaging motion perception using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). PsyPAG, Glasgow, Scotland, 22-24 Jul 2015.

2014

Ward, L. , Aitchison, R., Tawse, M., de Freitas, A., Simmers, A. and Shahani, U. (2014) Reduced Haemodynamic Responses in the Ageing Visual Cortex. fNIRS 2014, Montreal, QC, Canada, 10-12 Oct 2014.

Duncan, R., Graham, C. D., Oto, M., Russell, A., McKernan, L. and Copstick, S. (2014) Primary and secondary care attendance, anticonvulsant and antidepressant use and psychiatric contact 5-10 years after diagnosis in 188 patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 85(9), pp. 954-958. (doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2013-306671) (PMID:24444852)

2013

Ward, L. M. , Corrigan, E., Benwell, C., Muir, K., Reeves, I., Duncan, G., Harvey, M. and Rossit, S. (2013) Approaching Rehabilitation of Chronic Unilateral Neglect via Visuomotor Feedback Training. Glasgow Neuroscience Day, Glasgow, Scotland, 22 Jan 2013.

This list was generated on Wed Apr 21 00:52:36 2021 BST.
Number of items: 17.

Articles

Ward, L.M. , Cooper, S.-A. , McSkimming, P., Greenlaw, N., Pacitti, C., Gibson, J., Henderson, A. , Pell, J. and Kinnear, D. (2020) Dental attendance, restoration and extractions in adults with intellectual disabilities compared with the general population: a record linkage study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 64(12), pp. 980-986. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12786) (PMID:32996662)

Kinnear, D. , Allan, L., Morrison, J. , Finlayson, J., Sherriff, A. , Macpherson, L. , Henderson, A. , Ward, L. , Muir, M. and Cooper, S.A. (2019) Prevalence of and factors associated with edentulousness (no natural teeth) in adults with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63(12), pp. 1475-1481. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12628) (PMID:31062460)

Ward, L. M. , Cooper, S.-A. , Hughes-Mccormack, L., Macpherson, L. and Kinnear, D. (2019) Oral health of adults with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63(11), pp. 1359-1378. (doi: 10.1111/jir.12632) (PMID:31119825)

Rossit, S. et al. (2019) Efficacy of home-based visuomotor feedback training in stroke patients with chronic hemispatial neglect. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 29(2), pp. 251-272. (doi: 10.1080/09602011.2016.1273119) (PMID:28116988)

Aitchison, R., Ward, L. , Kennedy, G., Shu, X., Mansfield, D. C. and Shahani, U. (2018) Measuring visual cortical oxygenation in diabetes using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Acta Diabetologica, 55(11), pp. 1181-1189. (doi: 10.1007/s00592-018-1200-5) (PMID:30083981) (PMCID:PMC6182359)

Ward, L. M. , Aitchison, R. T., Hill, G., Imrie, J., Simmers, A., Morison, G., Mansfield, D., Kennedy, G. J. and Shahani, U. (2018) Effects of glaucoma and snoring on cerebral oxygenation in the visual cortex: a study using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). International Journal of Ophthalmology and Vision Research, 2(2), 017-025.

Ward, L. M. , Morison, G., Simmers, A. J. and Shahani, U. (2018) Age-related changes in global motion coherence: conflicting haemodynamic and perceptual responses. Scientific Reports, 8, 10013. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-27803-5) (PMID:29968729) (PMCID:PMC6030110)

Ward, L. M., Morison, G., Simpson, W. A., Simmers, A. J. and Shahani, U. (2016) Using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study dynamic stereoscopic depth perception. Brain Topography, 29(4), pp. 515-523. (doi: 10.1007/s10548-016-0476-4) (PMID:26900069) (PMCID:PMC4899499)

Ward, L. M., Aitchison, R. T., Tawse, M., Simmers, A. J. and Shahani, U. (2015) Reduced haemodynamic response in the ageing visual cortex measured by absolute fNIRS. PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0125012. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0125012) (PMID:25909849) (PMCID:PMC4409147)

Duncan, R., Graham, C. D., Oto, M., Russell, A., McKernan, L. and Copstick, S. (2014) Primary and secondary care attendance, anticonvulsant and antidepressant use and psychiatric contact 5-10 years after diagnosis in 188 patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 85(9), pp. 954-958. (doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2013-306671) (PMID:24444852)

Conference or Workshop Item

Ward, L. M. , Mansfield, D., Simmers, A., Kennedy, G. and Shahani, U. (2016) Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) of Visual Cortex: Relationship of the Haemodynamic Response to Glaucomatous Field Defects. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, Birmingham, UK, 23-26 May 2016.

Aitchison, R., Shahani, U., Ward, L. M. , Kennedy, G., Xinhua, S. and Mansfield, D. (2016) Haemodynamic Response in Diabetes: An fNIRS Study of the Visual Cortex. fNIRS 2016, Paris, France, 13-16 Oct 2016.

Ward, L. M. , De Guimaraes, J., Aitchison, R., Simmers, A. and Shahani, U. (2015) Compromised Haemodynamic Response of the Visual Cortex of Smokers. Glasgow Neuroscience Day, Glasgow, Scotland, 16 Jan 2015.

Ward, L. M. , Hill, G., Imrie, J., Okiei, O., Cox, J. and Shahani, U. (2015) Using the Haemodynamic Response to Investigate Glaucoma and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. Glasgow Neuroscience Day, Glasgow, Scotland, 16 Jan 2015.

Ward, L. M. , Morison, G., Simmers, A. and Shahni, U. (2015) Neuroimaging motion perception using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). PsyPAG, Glasgow, Scotland, 22-24 Jul 2015.

Ward, L. , Aitchison, R., Tawse, M., de Freitas, A., Simmers, A. and Shahani, U. (2014) Reduced Haemodynamic Responses in the Ageing Visual Cortex. fNIRS 2014, Montreal, QC, Canada, 10-12 Oct 2014.

Ward, L. M. , Corrigan, E., Benwell, C., Muir, K., Reeves, I., Duncan, G., Harvey, M. and Rossit, S. (2013) Approaching Rehabilitation of Chronic Unilateral Neglect via Visuomotor Feedback Training. Glasgow Neuroscience Day, Glasgow, Scotland, 22 Jan 2013.

This list was generated on Wed Apr 21 00:52:36 2021 BST.